I skipped March’s monthly No Book Buying Challenge post topic because first I was sick and then I had a little surgery and then I was so strung out on feel-good drugs (seriously, percocet is my pharmacological bff and we’re going to get matching tattoos that say “pain is the mind killer” because fuck stoicism) that I couldn’t have written anything coherent. It would have been something like “Libraries. Free books at libraries. Ebooks. Good. Free, too. And audiobooks. Get them.”
Anyway ... on to April’s post topic! How am I sticking to my book buying budget and refraining from full-on bookaholic relapse? Umm ... have you seen my Amazon shopping cart? That’s how I cope. I just add things to the cart for the day I can buy them. January 1 is only 245 days away, you know. Currently there are eleventy-million bookish items in my cart. If I’m smart, I’ll wishlist them and
Also, I remind myself that abstaining from bringing new books into the house frees me from the stress caused by shelf panic. You know, that tight feeling you get in your chest when you realize there’s no room in your house for new books unless you remove some old ones. (And then there’s also the guilt. Guilt over all the money I’ve spent -- or others have spent for me -- on books I haven’t read).
This isn’t to say I haven’t bought any books in 2015 – I picked up two pretties in England and preordered Rat Queens, Vol 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N’Rygoth because SO MUCH FUN -- but that’s a lot fewer than I’d purchased by this time last year!